Francois Hollande

Our Rorschach test

The Progressive  |  2 March 2017

Emmanuel Macron stands the best chance of beating Marine Le Pen but offers no hope for Labour’s modernisers Twenty years ago, the centre was radical, popular – even, at times, exciting. The Third Way was ascendant. Wim Kok, Gerhard Schroder, and Lionel Jospin were in power. When Bill Clinton sat down in 1997 to dine with Tony Blair at …

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A blessing in disguise for the left?

Renaud Thillaye  |  28 November 2016

In a year not short of unexpected political developments, François Fillon has, against all odds, stormed the French centre-right primary. While has was stagnating between 5 and 10 per cent in the polls until September 2016, Fillon scored an impressive 44 per cent in the first round on 21 November, clearly defeating former president Nicolas Sarkozy …

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Harsh truths for French Socialists

Renaud Thillaye  |  15 December 2015

It has been a good week for François Hollande. On the weekend, a ‘historic’ deal was reached at the Paris climate summit, which earned French diplomacy a lot of praise. On Sunday evening, the final outcome of the French regional elections were much better than expected, with five wins out of 13 new ‘big’ regions, …

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State of emergency

Sally Gimson  |  6 December 2015

The Paris attacks could be a gift to the French far-right Sally Gimson —Christophe and Catherine did not know where their son was on the evening of 13 November until they got a call from his cousin to turn on the television. As it dawned on them that the rock concert he had told them he was …

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The Last Word … Solidarity requires more than words

Jamie Reed MP  |  20 November 2015

David Cameron is right. The fight against Islamism is a generational struggle. This struggle will not be resolved under his tenure in office. When the Conservatives eventually leave office, the fight against Islamism will remain. In reality, the fascists who committed the atrocities in Paris and Beirut last weekend will not be defeated by any …

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The longer we leave defeating Isis, the harder it will be

Mary Creagh MP  |  19 November 2015

In September I visited Lebanon, a country on the frontline of the refugee crisis. I met Syrians fleeing the brutality of Bashar al-Assad’s regime and of Islamic State. I met Iman, a 65-year-old grandmother from Aleppo, who was imprisoned by the Assad regime for more than two weeks. She had bravely returned to Syria after …

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After Paris, progressives must avoid simplistic narratives

Renaud Thillaye  |  19 November 2015

In January, the French thought they seen the worst after the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher killings. The success of the 11 January mass solidarity march gave hope that the country – and the world – would stand united and overcome the sorrow with dignity. A number of measures were announced – and quickly adopted …

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Paris has returned to the streets in resilience

Nick Jones  |  18 November 2015

Returning to the Gare de l’Est last night, right at the heart of Paris’ tenth arrondissement, the city seemed notably unchanged from when I left it a little over 72 hours earlier. The streets were not unusually busy for a Monday night, cafe windows were dotted with diners and drinkers, and the familiar Parisian melting-pot …

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French lessons

James Bloodworth  |  6 July 2015

What we can learn from France’s foreign policy —Just over a decade ago French Fries were renamed ‘Freedom Fries’ in cafeterias on Capitol Hill. French president Jacques Chirac had led United Nations opposition to the 2003 American-led war in Iraq and the Bush administration responded in the way it knew best: with childish belligerence. It …

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Judo, not chess

Toby Denselow  |  12 February 2015

One could have been excused for forgetting about Ukraine. As events unfolded in the Middle East and the threat of ebola in west Africa continued to scare western audiences, coverage of Ukraine fell flat. Yet, far from calming down, the number of people dying in the conflict continued to rise, and if the presence of …

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